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Religious or Secular America?


Is America’s philosophical socio/political structure founded on religious principles or secularism?  As Timothy Cardinal Dolan referenced in an interview with Bill O’Reilly not too long ago, if the spiritual/moral environment is no longer built upon a religious or, more specifically, a Judeo/Christian philosophy, a void is created that others are more than willing to fill.  The question is if just such a dramatic change occurs will it be an America that is still a land of opportunity and freedom for all?

If such a void occurs, can secularism really provide a support for freedom, liberty and greatness?  How about an Islamic philosophy under-girding our socio/political foundations?  Can either of these, or any other, provide a seedbed for liberty and freedom for all?

Another way to state it may be thus:  If America is found to be historically unique, in that evidence does show it to have a Judeo/Christian spiritual and moral foundation dating back to its earliest formation, and we can connect America’s unique position in history (along with all of its desirable character traits which have drawn so many to its shores and boundaries) to such a foundation, ought we not to do all we can to hold to that which seems to be the common denominator for its greatness among nations?

Remember the quote of French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America from France:

“I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields and boundless forests…and it was not there.

I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning–and it was not there.  I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution…and it was not there.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”

Another question then could be if America is great because of this, should not secularists and Muslims and “non-believers” of all persuasions be extremely thankful to “Someone” for all the tremendous freedoms they enjoy like nowhere else on earth?

Maybe Christianity is the true seedbed and foundation by which is provided the potential for actualizing true equality, liberty and freedom for all…American history certainly seems to prove it so!


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